The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 7/9/05:

The Story Fire departments respond to 92 grassfires last weekend - many caused by fireworks.  The fire marshal cited "carelessness" as the root of many of the fires.
News worthiness (on a scale of 0 to 5) ***
The Spin What? Going out on a windy day and shooting a ball of flames over grass that hasn't seen rain in over two months isn't prudent?

The Story The Letter to the Editor section has become very political on a national scale over the last few weeks. This week, Kara Curry Shriver suggests that a previous letter write "move to North Korea or Iran" "if you are so unhappy with America."
News worthiness *
The Spin Yeah!  This country has no place for those that exercise their free speech rights to criticize those in power.  Beat it!!

The Story A jury sentences a 45 year old woman with no prior felony convictions to 35 years in prison for delivering 4/10ths of an ounce of methamphetamine to an undercover agent.
News worthiness ***
The Spin In other news, a sexual predator was released from prison due to overcrowding. Why are our prisons so full? Oh . . . . we get it.

The Story The Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission approves a private club at the Decatur Civic Center. The club will be in charge of alcohol sales.
News worthiness **
The Spin We suppose there is some irony in government sanctioning the act of folks going into a public building to consume substances that alters their mental states while across the road is the Wise County Jail, another public building, that also welcomes folks that have consumed substances that altered their mental states.

The Story The Time Out convenience store, which was destroyed by fire last November, reopened on June 30th.
News worthiness **
The Spin The anxious Paradise citizenry required extra security to be brought in to guard the bean burritos and steak fries.  "My wife has lost 20 pounds since the store burned down," said one farmer. "If I don't get some saturated fat in her in a hurry, she'll be impossible to live with!"

The Story An elderly lady attacks Messenger photographer Joe Duty with a bunch of green beans.
News worthiness *****
The Spin And he has the photographic evidence to prove it.

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